You have waited 100 years to run this race, don’t wait 100 more!
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017, 8:00 AM | Frontiers of Flight Museum
Shortly after the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, the Army announced its intention to establish a series of flight training fields to train pilots for the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, which would become the U.S. Air Service by war’s end. Dallas Love Field was one of 32 new flying fields across the country, and was officially dedicated on October 19, 1917. The first unit stationed at Love Field was the 136th Aero Squadron, and flight operations began on November 23rd when Love Field’s Commanding Officer, Major Douglas B. Netherwood, took to the air in a Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny.”
The airport was named for Lt. Moss Lee Love, who began his Army career serving with the famed 7th Cavalry in the Philippines. He transferred to the Signal Corp’s Aviation Section in 1912, and was killed during a training flight near San Diego, California, on September 4, 1913. Love had no known affiliation with Dallas, but when the new flight training field was dedicated, his name was the next in line to continue the Army tradition of naming its new flying fields after fallen aviators.
After World War I ended, Love Field reverted to its original ownership by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and became available for civilian use. The City of Dallas purchased the airport from the Chamber in 1927, and the first passenger service was initiated by the National Air Transport Company (a forerunner of United Airlines) that same year. On April 9, 1932 the first paved runways at the airfield were completed and at that time the airport had 21 weekday airline departures.
2017 marks the centennial celebration of Dallas Love Field which now operates nearly 700 flights per day and on Saturday, May 13, 2017, we hope you take off from our runway too! All participants will receive a gender specific dry fit style shirt and of course a custom winged finisher medal to mark the occasion! Plus you will receive an exclusive discount to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, refreshments and more! So don't get delayed at the gate, check in now and board this one of a kind race!